My turn: Fairs are time for family

I love fairs. I was recently thinking about why, in my mid-20s, I still get excited about going to the fair and I realized it’s nostalgia. The local county fairs are a symbol of home and family for me. Some of my fondest memories as a child are going to local fairs and similar events [...]

A festive affair: Counties prepare for fairs

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Alisa Boswell Along with the arrival of another school year, August marks the approach of local county fairs. Fairs in Curry and Roosevelt counties feature new events and entertainment. “We’re really excited,” said Portales Mayor Sharon King. “We know it’s going to be a little chaotic this year with trying to get used to the [...]

County fairs to feature mix of old, new

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By Jared Tucker and Sharna Johnson This year’s county Curry and Roosevelt county fairs are expected to be a mix of tradition and new attractions. In Curry County, headline performers, more vendors, new shows and added contests are expected to help drive up attendance for the Aug. 16-21 fair. Curry’s Events Center and Fairgrounds General [...]

Some fair traditions fade, others still going strong

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Whatever new-fangled innovations might be present in the exhibits or on the midway, the Roosevelt County Fair is like many other county fairs across the nation: a bastion of tradition. On entry day in Portales, when local residents officially enter livestock, food, crafts and more for competition, the vanguard of the past was there to [...]

New additions to county fair

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Children and animals, musicians, a carnival and a fashion show. The Roosevelt County Fair is back with all its elements, plus a few changes. A few new musicians are set to take the stage, and a horse trainer who relates his work to human relationships with God is expected [...]

A century to celebrate

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Red, white and blue decorations filled the pavilion as several generations of Roosevelt County families and community members gathered to celebrate 100 years of fairs in Roosevelt County Friday at the fairgrounds. “It’s an important part of our history,” said Tim Allison, event organizer and fairboard member .“The fairs [...]

Roosevelt County Fair celebrates 100 years of fun

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer With a century of county fairs under its belt, the Roosevelt County Fair is planning a big centennial edition of the county tradition. The fair begins Wednesday with a special 100th-year anniversary party on Friday. “We’ll be doing some history and facts of former fairs,” Michelle Lamb said. “Around [...]